#AM_Equality: August 4, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC announces lawsuit in T.N. over anti-trans school bathroom law; HRC mourns Shai Vanderpump, Black transgender woman killed in N.J.

⚖️ HRC ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT IN TENNESSEE AGAINST ANTI-TRANS SCHOOL BATHROOM LAW: Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign announced a lawsuit against an anti-trans school bathroom law in Tennessee. “We don’t want our son to have to live in a place where he feels like he isn’t welcomed and valued,” the mother of one of the plaintiffs said. The lawsuit is being brought by HRC’s Foundation and the law firms of Linklaters and Branstetter, Stranch, & Jennings PLLC on behalf of 14-year-old Alex* and his parents, Amy A. and Jeff S., as well as 6-year-old Ariel* and her parents, Julie and Ross B. More from NBC, The Tennessean, New York Daily News, CNN, Newsweek and HRC.

HRC MOURNS SHAI VANDERPUMP, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN NEW JERSEY: “The loss of Shai Vanderpump is devastating. Shai was a well-known LGBTQ advocate in New Jersey, and her loss will be felt by her friends, family and local community, as well as the wider LGBTQ community,” HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “Her life should never have been taken. Too many transgender and gender non-conforming lives have already been lost. We need everyone, in every state, city and community, to help bring an end to this senseless violence and stigma that so often impacts Black trans women.” More from HRC, PinkNews and them.

LGBTQ ATHLETES FINALLY SCORE BIG ENDORSEMENT AS ACCEPTANCE RISES: As acceptance of LGBTQ people continues to rise, the availability of lucrative endorsement deals for LGBTQ athletes increases as well. This comes as U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) has signed deals with Nike, Samsung, Visa and a slew of other big-name brands. Gold medal-winning British diver Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) is endorsed by Adidas. And U.S. basketball player Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) inked a deal with Puma for her own signature shoe. More from NBC News.


⚖️ “WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT”: MEET THE TRANS WOMAN SUING TO BLOCK MONTANA’S AWFUL BIRTH CERTIFICATE LAW: Montana requires transgender individuals requesting a name correction on legal documents to publish a notice in a local newspaper in an effort to “prevent fraud.” However, for people like Amelia Marquez, this law is terrifying as it publicizes one’s identity and thus can create unsafe spaces. More from them.


🎵 FRANK OCEAN TO HEADLINE COACHELLA IN 2023: On Monday, it was announced that openly out musician Frank Ocean (@blonded) will headline Coachella in 2023. More from them, Los Angeles Times and Billboard.

TAN FRANCE AND HUSBAND ROB FRANCE POST FIRST PHOTO OF BABY, ISMAIL FRANCE: Queer Eye star Tan France (@tanfrance) and husband Rob France announced the birth of their son, Ismail, on Instagram. More from Out and People.

OUT OLYMPIAN GUS KENWORTHY & PARALYMPIAN ABBY DUNKIN ON TOKYO & LGBTQ SPORTS: “It’s about bringing people together, supporting people, creating mutual understanding, and really celebrating all of humanity,” said Brent Miller, head of LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion for Procter & Gamble. “And now for us, bringing those LGBTQ+ stories forward is critically important because we see the value of what sport can bring.” More from LA Blade.

⚾ ROSIE O’DONNELL JOINS ‘A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN’ REBOOT IN A QUEER ROLE: Rosie O’Donnell (@Rosie) will play a guest role in the reboot series of “A League of Their Own” after starring in the original from 1992. More from HuffPost.


🌈 HUNDREDS PARTICIPATE IN FIRST-EVER CAYMAN ISLANDS PRIDE PARADE: Upwards of 600 people participated in the first-ever Pride parade in the Cayman Islands that took place over the weekend in George Town. The territory’s governor and premier were among the marchers. More from LA Blade.

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